Monday, January 30, 2017

Funny Bone, Derby Races, Damsels and SAG Awards

This weekend was a busy one. I am hoping next weekend is a little more low key, and so far it's looking like it will be.

On Friday Ryan, Missy, Natalie and I went to the Funny Bone to see Chris D'Elia. He was on the show Whitney, which is where I discovered him. I wonder if that show is on Netflix? Anyway, he was super funny and the food at Funny Bone was super good.

It was an early night; I was home by around ten. Saturday morning I got up an went to a LuLaRoe party with Kate (valentines leggings for the win!) and then we went to Dad's real quick to see Alex, who was too sick to go to Gavin's derby car race thingy. I can't imagine he would have handled that very well, anyway. Anyway, then we went to the Catholic Church for the derby car race, which made me feel a bit cult-y and also happy I don't have a son involved in the Boy Scouts.

After that I went grocery shopping to buy all non-carb foods, and then I finally got a little time to myself to catch up on TGIT.

Sunday I got up and worked out and then had some people over for a Damsel in Defense party. I went to one of these parties a few weeks ago, and I bought a stun gun. Now I'm obsessed with getting every woman in my life a stun gun, or a pepper spray, or something to make them feel powerful and safe. After that party, I had people over for the SAG awards. This is the only awards show party I am hosting this year, and I can't lie that it's a little weird. But considering how judgmental and how I just stare at Twitter the entire time, anyway, it's probably better I just watch on my own.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Nine lives

They say cats have nine lives....which may mean they come close to death and come back from it nine times during their life. But this got me thinking...what if you could have nine different lives, as yourself? What "lives" would you want?

Life 1: A celebrity. With all the fixings...breakout role that pushes you to the a-list, million dollar salaries, stars on the walk of frame, handprints in cement, sex scandal, breakdown, rehab, comeback.
Life 2: Professional athlete. Specifically, a boxer/fighter. ("99 Problems and a Bitch Ain't One" would be my walk out music.)
Life 3: A teenager in the 1950's. Poodle skirt, courting, pinning, holding hands in parked cars and feeling scandalous about it.
Life 4: A stay at home mom.
Life 5: A Pulitzer award winning journalist.
Life 6: Lead singer in a rock band. All of my other band members would be dudes, ala Gwen Stefani with No Doubt. Except our music would be more rock.
Life 7: Chris Pratt's wife (sorry, Anna Faris, you out.)
Life 8: President of the United States (apparently anyone can do it these days)
Life 9: Exactly the life I have now.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wellness Check - Week 12

I actually weighed in yesterday - since my January goal was to lose 4 pounds by Feb 1st, I want to weigh in next Wednesday (Feb 1st), so I weighed in this Wednesday instead. Most of you won't think that is a big deal, but when you have "weighed in" and documented pounds, you get it. Weigh in day is a big deal, and sometimes in the fucked up mind of a dieter, you feel like you are cheating if you weigh in on a different day. So I wanted to be up front about that.


Down .7 this week
.2 to go towards Feb 1st goal
18.2 to go towards October 19th goal

On Saturday I had a bit of an off day. Normally I let myself have one good solid cheat meal a week (or "fun meal" as my gym calls it), and typically that meal is on Saturday or Sunday. Saturday my sister and I had plans to eat at Ruby Tuesday (where I always just get the salad bar, so that wouldn't be my cheat meal) and then go shopping. However, the Ruby Tuesday on 168th and Center closed (WTF WHY DIDN'T THEY CALL ME) so we were trying to find somewhere else to eat out there. We decided on Oscars, because I haven't eaten there in forever and everytime I drive past it I die a little inside because I want it so bad. So I decided to just let that be my cheat meal and planned on not eating the rest of the day. happens, as it so often does, and a few drunk texts from Missy later, I was picking up those fools from a beerfest and taking them to Varsity to eat buffalo chicken pizza. So I just marked Saturday up to a total lost and have worked this week at getting my bloat back down.

So yes, it was a bad food day, but situations like that rarely happen. And everything was SO FREAKING delicious, so I'm fine with my life.

So next Wednesday I will weigh in, but I have a very important event that day, so I won't write about it until Thursday again. Cheers.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Apartment living

I have lived in an apartment for almost all of my adult life. I lived at home for about five months after I graduated from college, and then moved into an apartment with a roommate. That lasted about ten months, then I went and found my own apartment and I've been on my own ever since.

I get questioned a lot about this - "Don't you want to own your own house?" "Don't you want to stop throwing your money away on rent?" "Don't you want to be able to decorate and paint and make something your own?"

The answer to all of these questions is a resounding NO. I am GOOD. BACK OFF AND LEAVE ME ALONE.

I enjoy just calling my landlord if something goes wrong. I enjoy having my lawn mowed for me and my sidewalks scooped in the winter. I am good where I'm at.

Now, that being said...I do have some complaints about apartment living that I would like to air out here.

1. I am on the first level, which I originally thought was a great idea because I had a dog when I first moved into my current apartment. However, I no longer have the dog and I'm kind of thinking I need to move up, mainly because my upstairs neighbor seems to be a bit clumsy and drops bowling balls quite often.

2. Speaking of my upstairs neighbor...he is a bit of a snorer. And also, either his alarm or his ringer sound like an ice cream truck, which at first I found endearing, but now I'm kind of over it.

3. It must be his alarm, because it goes off every morning at 6:55am. Luckily this is when I am waking up, anyway.

4. My apartment complex is animal friendly, which is great. But, neighbors, please...when you are walking your dogs through the parking lot, please don't just stop in the middle and stand there on your phones. Last night, I kid you not, I could not drive through because a lady was standing right in the middle of the driving lane, on her phone, while her dog pulled on the leash. UGH. I didn't want to honk because I didn't want to give them both a heart attach, but COME ON.

5. My neighbor down the sidewalk, Underwear Man, asked me out earlier this fall. Clearly, since his nickname in my mind is Underwear Man, you can imagine I did not say yes, nor am I planning on saying yes ever in the future. But now it's super awkward, and I race past his apartment whenever I am walking in from the parking lot. Ugh.

So bottom line - I like apartment living, so leave me alone. However, if I could change all of my neighbors' behavior to match what I feel is ideal, that would be great.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wellness check - Week 11

This week was barely anything, but a loss is a loss.

Down .4 from last week
.9 to go for Feb 1st goal
18.9 to go to October 19th goal

I will take any kind of negative movement on the scale this week, because I do not deserve it. We had an ice storm on Sunday, which turned into a day off work on Monday, which continued into Tuesday. I'm scared to drive in bad weather, so I did not leave my house on Sunday or Monday. I also did not work out either of those days, and I ate whatever I wanted. So........I will take a .4 loss, and I will celebrate it!

Looking forward to a better week!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ice day!

Well, I got my ice day!!
But omg, I have been worried sick about everyone I care about during the last 24 hours! I hate having people on the roads when the weather is like this, and I am so thankful for a job that allows me to stay home when the weather turns to shit.

Anyway, so today will be spent catching up on all my shows and working on the alumni newsletter - which, as I dig into it - is wayyyy more overwhelming than I thought it would be. This is going to be a long three years!

I'm going to do a bit of a brain dump, and then get back to work:

1. Is anyone else watching Sister Wives? It always drives me crazy, but this season MERI is driving me to DRINK. In case you don't watch, Sister Wives is about this dude, Kody, who has four wives and like 18 kids. Anyway, his first wife, Meri, spent some time in the last few years talking to some dude online - and she went to see him - but "he" ended up being "she" and now she's playing up this victim card. DUDE. You were going to go cheat on your husband, but somehow you're the victim. UGH.

2. I have been really worried lately about my brain. I am so forgetful, absent minded, ditzy - I do know what is going on. I joke that I have early onset Alzheimers, but I'm actually not joking.

3. I went to a Damsel in Defense party the other night, and I bought a stun gun - I DARE someone to fuck with me.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ice storm of the decade?

Apparently this Sunday we are supposed to get hit with an ice storm. When I was a kid, there was an ice storm so bad in October that they had to postpone Halloween. It was devastating as a child, but I don't think the one scheduled to hit Sunday is supposed to hit that level.

However - I'm still kind of hoping for a inclement weather day on Monday; one so bad that school gets called off and I get an extra day off. Because, you see, I have a lot of things I need to do:

1. Finish binging American Crime.
2. Finish binging 11.22.63.
3. Finish reading my book, Dorothy Must Die.
4. Get some work done for the Alumni Association (which I just got elected Communications Director for, so somehow I now need to produce a bi-annual newsletter).
5. Get some work done on my Baby-Sitters Club blog.
6. Watch the new Leah Remini: Scientology episode.

So as you can see, I have a lot I need to accomplish. Work with me here, Mother Nature.

Wellness Check - Week 10

This week's weigh in - 1.9 pounds down
1.3 pounds to go towards Feb 1st goal
19.3 pounds to go towards October 19th goal

I have to admit I was shocked when I stepped on the scale this morning. This week has not been good to my body - I won't go into too many details, but let's just say my new birth control method is proving to be a terrorist to my uterus. I continued my workouts, but I've been really snacky this entire week and I even ate fast food one night.

1.9 is kind of a big loss for me in one week - here's hoping to keep it off all week!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Wellness Check - Week 9

This week - up .4 pounds
October 19th goal - 21.2 pounds to go

I'm up not even half a pound. I ain't mad.

I didn't get to talk to my coach this week, so we didn't set a January goal. However, since she has just been setting 4 pound a month goals for me, that's what I'm going to go with. So...

Progress towards Feb 1st goal - 3.2 pounds to go

For some reason I am really nervous about this goal! I feel like it's going to be hard this month to lose, what with my seasonal affective disorder (self-diagnosed). But we'll keep slicing away at it, and see if we can hit it. I say "we" like you are in on this, too.

I ran a 5k on January 1st, after not running since April. And guess what - I kinda liked it. So I ran on the treadmill again this week and guess what - I kinda liked it. NOT enough to EVER run a half again, but enough to know I can still do it.

Sunday, January 1, 2017


The last half of 2016 was not awesome for me, although I am still a very fortunate person.

  • My best friend moved four hours away from me, and I didn't realize how dependent I was on him until he was gone.
  • I started a new job, and new jobs are always so awkward for the first few months.
  • I was (and still am) unsure about where I stand in certain relationships. 
While a lot of amazing things happened during the last half of the year, these things were always on my mind. And they still are, obviously, the dropping of a heavy ball doesn't just erase things from 2016. That is why I didn't `do a "yeah in review" post - I feel that I was walking through fog for the last six months. It has gotten worse as the weather has gotten colder and the days have gotten shorter. 

BUT - in the words of Taylor Swift, I need to shake it off. And I will shake it off. So these are my goals for 2017:

  • I want to be happier more days than I'm not. 
  • I want to work out more days than I don't.
  • I want to kiss more times than I cry.
  • I want to drink more water than I do soda. 
Are these SMART goals? No. But it's what I am going to make happen. 

Also, I'm 1/1 on working out more days than I don't.